Sunday, March 3, 2013

Updated Dining Room Tour

I'm the queen of letting one project cascade into an entire house makeover.  It just sort of happens sometimes when you update one small thing. 

Like last summer when I redid our dining room. After I had gotten a substantial amount of the house painted, we realized the color was just not for us. So, of course, my repainting of the main areas in our home with Benjamin Moore's Cloud Cover spilled over into the dining room.  And I've been sharing one post after the next showing little tidbits of the makeover, but realized I never actually shared the room all put together. It's about time I did, don't you think?

Here's the view into our newly painted dining room from the living room:

I replaced the patterned curtains with plain white curtains from West Elm, which flow better with our living room.

I shared the ever evolving story of our hutch here.

It now has a more rustic feel and is filled with (mostly) antique books and white pottery.



We kept the super unusual (and free) craigslist optometrist window that we scored last summer and I added in this fun book page wreath with decorative edges.  (You can read about the wreath here.)

I added in a fiddle leaf tree from the Home Depot (my husband has been wanting one for over a year now) and an antique store chair replaced my blue, velvet wing chair which found a new home in the master bedroom.

I love mixing old and new and I think this Target pillow compliments my old chair nicely.

I kept the secretary (here) that I had updated last summer along with the plate gallery wall. I sold the original bench I had made over on craigslist. It was replaced with this free chair Martino found last summer that I then repainted and used the chandelier stencil on (here).


 And finally, when I had to take down the book page wall to paint the room we replaced it with this $15 planked wall.  Definitely my favorite project to date. You can read about the transformation here.



So, am I done with this room? For know I'm never totally done with anything! Things I'm considering are interesting chairs for the dining table, a vintage chandelier and perhaps a really old and worn oriental rug for the floor.  And that hutch. I know I have to work around it.  Sometimes I look at it and feel content...other times, not so much. So we'll see where that eventually will lead me.  Overall, though I am thrilled with the outcome of this room. It definitely has been a space that has evolved over time and I've learned a lot while I was updating it.
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  1. Oh wow, I love it all. I especially love how you added books, photos and pottery to the hutch. It makes it such an insteresting feature in the room. Hugs, Marty

  2. I love the hutch too, I wonder if I could do that with mine. As I said before I love your style!!! Plus I do love all the different candle holders you have grouped neat!

  3. Beautiful room Angela! I just LOVE how you accessorized your me to thinking mine needs a change;)

  4. I'm a new reader coming over from The DIY Showoff linky party. You have a beautiful home! I love how you've decorated the room to play up the beautiful wood floors and the natural light. It's my favorite look and it really works in your home :)

  5. Just beautiful, I love that chair with the pillow, very pretty.


  6. I just made some updates to my dining room china cabinet! I LOVE yours....mine is still a work in progress, I think I might add a few botincal prints I recently bought at an estate sale, but I'm happy with progress of any kind!

    Pinning yours....

  7. I love all your vintage touches. Great style! Your plank wall is my favorite, as it brings out the beauty in your sideboard. Lovely job.

  8. Gorgeous room! Your plank wall is awesome!!!

  9. Beautiful room. I like all your different touches. I also have been wanting a fiddle leaf tree and have checked our HD but to no avail. Hopefully soon:) XO< Pinky

  10. Well done! I particularly love the blue candles and use of books in your china cabinet - both unexpected and wonderful! Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven.

  11. It's a lovely room. I love the plank wall and can't wait to do one or two in my house.

  12. Angela it all looks beautiful! Thanx for joining THT!

  13. Your dining room looks fabulous. I love the unexpected elements that you incorporated!! It's vintage and a little bit formal with a twist of fun.

  14. Wow, the changes are definitely striking - I too love the plank wall. I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  15. You know I just LOVE this room! ... Glad the blue velvet chair found a new home!

  16. It looks lovely Angela. Thanks for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday this week.


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